Relationships and How to Cope

Hey everyone,

Since I found someone at Uni, I realised that we’ve got quite a bit of distance between us when we both go home for the summer. Obviously this is what’s happened but we’re still together and we’re coping. Not only is my boyfriend quite far away from me (250 miles to be exact), but i’m also away from the majority of my friends from Uni. This is because  I moved to Edge Hill from Milton Keynes, and the people i’ve made friends with are mostly from the northern side of the UK but one that is down in Kent. So, if you’re also struggling with this situation or have done in the past, keep on reading – my tips on relationships and how to cope. Some of them will be related to couples and the others are more friendship based.

Group Chats 

If you don’t already have a chat with all of your mates, definitely make one! Probably the simplest way to keep in touch with everyone and possibly even make plans (like i’m trying to at the moment).

Find Something You Can do Together 

Maybe all or both of you can try and find a new TV show on Netflix and watch it together whilst being apart. This will make for lengthy discussions and something else to talk about rather than just ‘how’s your day been?’.

Face Time 

This is for both friendships and couples. If you face time each other it feels different to over message and gives more of a conversation vibe: ‘I want to talk to you’ rather than keeping a ‘snap streak’ or something like that. If you’re in a long distance relationship, this will be your savour. Don’t face time excessively though as it can become a habit and an expectance. Sometimes you need your own space.

Put in the time 

When you’re away from people for so long, you can get out of touch. As long as you put in the effort and the other person does the same, there’s no way you guys can get out of contact.

 

These are only a few tips on how to cope with long distance relationships. Use it as an opportunity rather than seeing distance as a negative. I hope this has blog has helped and like all my other blogs, leave a comment down below if you have any questions.

Ellis x

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Getting to the Football from Edge Hill

If your an avid football fan like myself then wondering how to get down to a game at the weekend might be a question you have pondered already if you are not sure, but don’t worry Edge Hill isn’t that far away from civilization and travel links are readily available.

If you are an Everton fan looking to get to Goodison Park then the train to Liverpool Central will get you there, you can get off at various stops and catch the bus but if you would rather walk then getting off at Kirkdale is your best bet.

Alternatively for both Everton and Liverpool fans the 310 to Liverpool from Ormskirk bus station stops at Oxton Street for Goodison Park, and Woodhouse Close for Anfield, both stops are within walking distance of their respective grounds.

I personally am a Man United fan so I have to go a bit further afield by first getting the train to Liverpool central, walking across to Lime Street, (do not let Merseyrail deceive you, Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street are five minutes walk apart contrary to information I keep finding when planning my journey which lists the distance as a 40 minute walk.) I then go from Lime street to Manchester Piccadilly and then finally getting a tram down to the ground. This altogether would cost around £20 return but you can save money with a railcard which would bring the price to around £14/15 instead.  Regardless of who you support Liverpool Lime Street or Preston train station will usually be your main points of travel if going further afield.

It’s also important to keep in mind when the last buses and trains back are, I know the last train from Liverpool into Ormskirk is usually around half 12, i’m not sure about buses. Either way travel to grounds is accessible as long as you know how and plan accordingly, till next time!

Jordan

How to get to Edge Hill University from John Lennon Airport!

Hey everyone! Since our first open day is happening this month (15th June), I thought that it would be useful to tell you how I get from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool to Edge Hill University the most budget friendly way. As I know some people will be flying in to Liverpool for the open days, I hope that this will help reduce the stress of travelling.


Since starting at Edge Hill University, I have gotten used to the travelling it takes to actually get from the university to the airport and vice versa in the most money efficient way rather than spending £30+ on a taxi.

This is how I personally get to Edge Hill University;

  • Locate a bus that takes me to Liverpool South Parkway – this can be via the Liverpool One bus or if you are still unsure, there should be someone around to direct you to the correct bus, do not be afraid to ask!
  • Once I get to Liverpool South Parkway, I ask for a ticket to Ormskirk (where Edge Hill University is located).
  • I can then either change at Liverpool Central or Sandhills to get on a train that is going directly to Ormskirk. I would preferably get a train from Sandhills as when I change there to get the train to Ormskirk, I am already halfway there.
  • Once I arrive at Ormskirk train station, I either walk up to the campus or take the Edge Link bus at the bus station which, normally has a charge for non Edge Hill Students but, on some open days it is free.Image result for john lennon airport

 

I know that this may sound quite scary especially if you are like me and not very confident with train changes but it is the cheapest way of getting to Edge Hill University. And always remember that if you are unsure about where to go or what train to get/change to, do not hesitate to ask someone.

Alternatively, you can book a taxi from John Lennon Airport to the University or hire a car for the day but, like I said, this can be quite expensive.


I hope that some of you find this useful. I wish someone had told me how to get to the University from the airport when I first flew over as it would have saved a lot of confusion and detours…

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

“Dare to ask questions. There are answers to any question.”

-Lailah Gifty Akita-

Turning the Bad into Good – How to deal with being upset, sad or angry as a Student

Turning the bad into good.


Being a student is great. You get your freedom, you grow up and you meet interesting new people in a new and exciting place. With all of this going on you might be forgiven for thinking that there wont be a moment where you feel down, or something really gets on your nerves and makes you upset to the point where you really are unsure of what to do.  We’ve almost all been there, and today I want to talk about three ways that Edge Hill supports you, and how you can deal with these feelings.


Speak to someone

One of the best ways to overcome any problem is to share it. The reason that people say a problem shared is a problem halved is because there really is some truth behind it. Edge Hill offers counselling services on campus as well as teams of people ready to help with any specific issue such as learning, money, accommodation and your general well being.


Write it down

Having a pen and paper in hand is a great way to put those thoughts somewhere not inside your head. If you and write about it you have a better chance of thinking it through and finding a solution to your problem. But never keep it just to yourself. It can build up and cause yourself some serious problems.


Put it in context

The last, and hardest of my tips, is to put whatever is going on in your life into context. It is important to take everything into consideration where you are feeling down. Reminding yourself that its not the end of the world and putting it into the context of the rest of your life can remind you that its not all bad, and things will always get better.


That’s all for this blog but if you want more tips for dealing with stress at University check out my other blog here.

Dealing with Stress at University – Stress is like the flu, everyone usually gets it

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Life after Edge Hill

Hi everyone,

Something that has been on my mind a lot at the minute is what am I going to do once I have graduated?

For me, I think I will be attending a different university to do a Masters degree as it is closer to where I am from but I will be so sad to be leaving Edge Hill!

Its so important to remember that we don’t need to figure out a definite plan just yet. There are so many options available to graduates from internships, postgraduate courses, scholarships as well as so many graduate schemes. Even if you don’t have job lined up straight after graduation there’s no pressure, you could even get a job just to pay the bills whilst you figure out what you would like to do!

Edge Hill offers lots of postgraduate courses which you can see below:

Postgraduate Courses

These include, postgraduate certificates and diplomas as well as Masters and Phd degrees!

A really useful tip I have found is the website prospects! It is so brilliant for helping to find graduate jobs as well as providing lots of advice for graduates. You could also find a job profile for a role that you find appealing and it will tell you about entry requirements, salarys, daily tasks and how you could progress within certain roles.

The best thing to do as well is their career quiz in which you answer a series of questions based on your interests and what you are good at! It identifies jobs that match your personality so it is really useful!

https://www.prospects.ac.uk

I hope you found this helpful!

Ellie x

Primary Teaching Interviews

Hello again!

After recently being successful at an interview for a local teaching position, I thought I would collect a few handy tips that helped me when applying for post-grad jobs! 

Be yourself

I have learned that most people can see straight through anyone who is pretending to be someone they are not. The school are not looking for the ‘perfect teacher.’ They are looking for the teacher that is perfect for THEIR school. Be yourself, have general chit-chat and do not forget to smile!

Don’t be disheartened

This is the most important thing to remember. You may go through 10 interviews before finding the right school for you and do NOT settle. When everyone appears to be gaining jobs around you try not to panic. It is better to wait and find school fit for you, rather than rush into anything that may not be as good for you further down the line.

Talk about experience

At interviews, it can be really useful to relate each of your points to experience form professional practice or pre-university placements. It is easy to make random statements but what you say must be backed up. I also found it easier to answer questions when thinking about my personal teaching background.

Think about each step

Your interview might consist of teaching tasks or observations, so it is important to consider different possibilities. If you are asked to teach a lesson, ensure there is time for discussion, a clear learning outcome and 2 or 3 printed lesson plans to hand to your observers. Although it may be unnecessary, it will hopefully demonstrate your organisation and planning.

Seek out opportunities

NQT pools can bring about opportunities that you do not expect. By having your name added to a local teaching pool, schools can contact you directly if they see you as a potential candidate for their teaching post. I definitely recommend joining at least one. it can also be beneficial to visit the school before sending off your application form. This will allow you to speak to members of staff, observe children’s work and get a general feel for the school. If you end up loving a school you visit, they are likely to remember you when shortlisting applicants.

Use advice from Edge Hill

And finally… use the support that Edge Hill provides! On learning edge there is currently an employability tab for third years. This consists of all the useful information that has been discussed in lectures, in addition to a powerpoint chronologically outlining the application process for supply work, NQT pools and direct teaching jobs.

Thank you for reading and wishing you all the very best! Speak soon,

Things to do now exams are over!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying some well deserved time off, now that you have as much free time as you please I thought I would mention a few nice things to do to fill your time and enjoy your summer!

Open day

  1. Go to the Beach!

Me and my friends have made a bit of a tradition of going to the beach every year – its really easy to get to Crosby beach by train and then its only a short walk to the seafront. Its such a nice beach to sit and chill and just enjoy some summer weather!

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2.  Explore Ormskirk

Now is the perfect time to explore Ormskirk and you could maybe visit somewhere that you haven’t been to before. Maybe visit a new cafe or go to a nice bar. Even go for a walk round Ruff Woods and through the countryside!

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3. Crazy Golf

I absolutely love crazy golf and in Liverpool you have both Junkyard golf and Ghetto golf which both are amazing and so much fun. They are both so different and offer some amazing food and drinks including different cocktails!

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4. Chill

We all worked so hard in the lead up to assessment period that we all definitely deserve a break! Enjoy being able to do nothing and have no deadlines for at least a few more months!

 

 

Pre-university Plans!

Hello everyone! It’s that Friday feeling – friYAY.

As your exams will be finished soon, if not already, you might be wondering what there is to do before starting university. Depending on your course, you may be asked to do some research or begin to do some academic tasks. For primary education, I was asked to do different research and subject knowledge based tasks within the programme handbook. For example, there was a maths website provided where we could practise our skills within certain areas of the curriculum. For English, we were asked to read and record stories either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. These tasks were really useful when beginning the course.

The summer before university is also the time to ensure you have everything you need! Remember the essentials: bed linen, duvet, pillow, towels, cutlery, clothes hangers and toiletries. One of my favourite things about moving in was the decoration side of things! Fairy lights, pictures or a small rug can can make it a bit more homey! For pictures, I recommend the app ‘free prints’ if you do not have it downloaded already.

And of course… this summer is your chance to spend lots of time with your friends from college or sixth form. It can be hard when everyone from school moves to different parts of the country! Nights in with the girls, painting the town red and trips to the beach are just some ideas for summer plans!

Hope these few tips have been helpful! Have a fantastic weekend,

Graduation Ball

Hi everyone,

Two weeks ago I attended the annual graduation ball organised by Edge Hill’s student union so I thought I would tell you all about it and how the evening went!

So, the ball costs £49 to attend it include a three course meal at Aintree Racecourse and entry to the afterparty held in the students union. The meal at the ball was really nice we had a ham starter, chicken dinner for main and a delicious chocolate tart for dessert, I really enjoyed the food and it was all so nice!

I pretty much spent most of the day getting ready and then at about 6 pm we made our way to Aintree by getting the train which only takes 15 minutes and it was really amazing, everyone was so excited so the atmosphere was incredible. The weather was amazing as well so it was so nice to get some pictures by the racecourse in the sun!

As you go in, there is a complimentary glass of Prosecco for everyone and its such a nice time to catch up and just get lots of photos and find your table. After the meal, everyone was dancing and there was some incredible entertainment including drag queens and magicians.

After pretty much dancing the whole night away, we got the train back to Ormskirk and we made our way to the students union for the afterparty. Venue was decorated like a marquee and it was incredible!

I had the best time ever and I would definitely recommend going to grad ball when you graduate as it is something I will never ever forget. It was so nice to spend time with my friends and celebrate finally finishing our degrees!

Ellie x

 

Finishing Third Year

Hi everyone!

Well, that’s it! I have finished my third year at Edge Hill doing my literature degree.

I had quite a lot of work due in over the last few weeks and I am so glad I can finally just chill and be able to do what I want – as well as no longer living in the library! It really did become my second home for a good few weeks.

I’ve now got all my final marks back and I got a 2:1*  on my dissertation which I was so happy with especially as it is something that I put so much effort into and worked so hard on!

*University grade boundaries work as follows

70%-100% = First

60-69% = 2:1

50%-59% = 2:2

40%-49% = Third

I found it so strange when I discovered university grades so I thought I would include this just to help any of you!

Campus also feels very quiet now as most students have finished their studies for the summer and I definitely miss seeing campus so busy. It feels so strange to know that I have now finished my undergraduate degree and now I just need to graduate which I am so excited for!

Congratulations to all other third years on finishing our degrees! As well as all the other students for finishing the year!

I hope you all enjoy your well deserved summer!

Ellie x